Carrier Evolution

As telecom carriers evolve, Carrier Evolution tracks the important developments in telecom and broadband which drive that evolution, including IP voice, unified communications, collaboration and consumer applications. Carrier Evolution offers original and curated content from external sources.

CEO: Verizon 5G Fixed Wireless Trial Will Offer Gigabit Broadband via ‘Wireless Fiber’

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The Verizon 5G fixed wireless trial planned for next year will support gigabit speeds and will include over-the-top (OTT) video, said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam today. McAdam made his comments about the Verizon 5G fixed wireless trial plans at the UBS Global Media and Communications...Learn More

MBBF: 5G Future is About Digitizing the World, Once and For All

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The migration to a 5G future is already underway and it’s going to be different than previous wireless generation migrations. Much different. That was a key theme at Huawei’s Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), held last week in Tokyo. Seizing the true business opportunity amongst the...Learn More

Mobile Broadband Forum: 4.5G WTTH Helping Accelerate Next Generation Fixed Wireless

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Growing fixed wireless momentum across the globe is leading to the concept of wireless-to-the-home (WTTH), promising fiber like speeds that are increasingly seen as lower cost alternative option for traditional wireline fixed broadband service. WTTH was on full display last week with particular emphasis on...Learn More

AT&T and DISH Acquiring INVIDI, Gains Leading Addressable Advertising Platform

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In what appears to be a classic co-opetition move, an announced partnership has AT&T and DISH acquiring INVIDI Technologies. Ad agency WPP is also part of the deal, which gives AT&T a controlling interest in the addressable advertising technology firm. Terms were not disclosed. Addressable...Learn More

5G Development Moving Quickly; NTT Docomo, Samsung Achieve 2.5 Gbps at 150 km/h

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A new generation of 5G development is emerging ahead of schedule as leading carriers test and prove technology in the field. Japan’s NTT Docomo is working independently, in collaboration with individual partners and as a member of industry consortia in order to launch a commercial...Learn More

Execs: CenturyLink Level 3 Strategy Will Continue Level 3 Low-Cost Provider Approach

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CenturyLink plans to continue with a strategy that has been a hallmark for Level 3 after the planned CenturyLink Level 3 merger is completed, said CenturyLink CFO Stewart Ewing at a financial conference yesterday. The envisioned CenturyLink Level 3 strategy will be to “compete long-term...Learn More

Consolidated Communications CEO: Our 100 Mbps Service Beats a Cable Competitor’s 300 Mbps Service

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Although some tier two local exchange carriers have been seeing broadband declines, Consolidated Communications is seeing broadband growth. Bob Udell, president and CEO of the company, attributes Consolidated Communications broadband growth, in part, to the offering’s quality of service (QoS) capability. “Five to six years...Learn More

MEF 16: CenturyLink NFV Demo Highlights Hybrid Open Source Approach

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As carriers get serious about implementing network functions virtualization (NFV), they are also looking at streamlining service activation with the goal of enabling activation to occur on demand with little or no manual intervention on the part of the service provider. A CenturyLink NFV service...Learn More

Windstream EarthLink Deal Hopes to Capitalize on Enterprise, SMB Growth Opportunity

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An announced Windstream EarthLink deal has Little Rock, Ark. based Windstream acquiring Atlanta, Georgia based Earthlink for a total transaction value of $1.1 billion (including debt). The move follows an uptick in merger activity in the telecom sector, where carriers are looking to build scale...Learn More

Carrier Elections of FCC A-CAM Model Based Broadband Support Exceed Budget by $1.6 Billion

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The FCC is seeking input on what to do about a $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the broadband Connect America Fund program for rural rate-of-return carriers opting to transition to support based on a cost model developed by the FCC. The shortfall occurred because more...Learn More

Small Town Gigabit Networks Planned in Oregon and Mississippi

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This week brings two more announcements involving small town gigabit networks. One comes from LS Networks, a company formed by a consortium of electric cooperatives, which will offer broadband at speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps in rural Maupin, Oregon. The other announcement comes...Learn More

CenturyLink Level 3 Merger Confirmed

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A CenturyLink Level 3 merger has been confirmed this morning, with CenturyLink agreeing to acquire Level 3 for $34 billion, including assumption of Level 3 debt. The combined company will be a formidable competitor in the enterprise business and wholesale markets, with facilities in over...Learn More